Behind the Lens: Prom photos in perspective
photo by: Mike Yoder
After a short hiatus, we are bringing back our Behind the Lens column. To start, this will be a monthly photography feature with an emphasis on displaying images.
We will spotlight a variety of subjects and tools, but the focus will be on the photograph and the creative process of image-making. We hope this feature will inspire your own photographic adventures.
At Wellsville High School, student couples traditionally promenade down a one-block section of Main Street before prom.
To document the event, I mostly used a 50mm lens, a lens often overlooked by photographers. The lens neither captures a wide-angle of view nor zooms in tight on a distant subject. It simply captures subjects in a natural perspective, similarly to the way we see things with an unaided eye. If you are willing to move, walking toward or away from subjects, a 50mm “normal” lens is capable of capturing scenes both wide and near.
— Journal-World chief photographer Mike Yoder can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.